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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Papers Say Tarkan to Be Tried in Court

By Adelind Osmanlı reporting from Munich, Germany

Screencap of reportsThe news that Tarkan's drug case is still ongoing hit the Turkish news wires late yesterday, and has been picked up today by CNN Turk, Yeni Şafak, Zaman, Vatan, Hürriyet and Akşam (see left pic).

Headlined as "Tarkan is said to have Kept His Drugs in a Steel Safe", Zaman Online says that the court accepted the indictment, but decided to transfer the case back to a special serious crimes court because it ruled it was a "gang operation" and therefore out of its jurisdiction to hear.

It had been reported previously that Istanbul state prosecutor Emin Ateşağaoğlu had added Tarkan's name to a drug indictment along with 16 other suspects.

If this higher court accepts the indictment, the two-year jail term requested by the public prosecutor could rise by half, Zaman Online writes.

Meanwhile, the papers have also gone into details of the results of the drug search and the drugs seized on 26 February at Tarkan's ranch when the artist was taken into custody by the narcotics police.

<< Read about Tarkan's four day detainment by Turkish authorities here

The prosecution claims 12.5 grams of drugs were found altogether - 8 grams of "green coloured" drugs were found in a steel case given up by the artist voluntarily, while 1.5 grams of the same drug with drug paraphernalia locked in another wooden box amongst his clothes and 3 grams stashed in the artist's bag on his work table amongst his personal effects were seized during a complete house search, Zaman Online, Akşam and Vatan have said.

According to the indictment, the owner of the swimwear line Ayyıldız, Murat Erdoğan requested a shipment of drugs from suspect Vedat Aysel living abroad, who smuggled drugs into Turkey with the help of suspect Adnan Recep Önsöz.

It is said that having smuggled the drugs into the country, the drugs were distributed to the indicted customers [Hürriyet entertainment correspondent] Kubilay Keskin, Ömer Faruk Miras, Tarık Miras, Gökhan Yüzbaşıoğlu and Tarkan by Ayyıldız owner Erdoğan.

Zaman's English language edition Today had reported, following the jail term claims, how Istanbul narcotics officers had seized notebooks from a number of dealers during the course of an ongoing narcotics investigation and found many names and addresses, in a crackdown on drug dealers in the city.

The police obtained search warrants and raided the addresses listed, which reportedly included Tarkan's villa in the Ömerli district, where it's claimed the 12.5 grams of cannabis were seized.

During the last two months Tarkan's lawyer has released two press statements saying that Tarkan is completely innocent of all charges, while official sources have contacted Tarkan Deluxe to say that media reports in the Turkish press have been "grossly exaggerated".

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